The Cropthorne Autonomous House

Mike Coe & Lizzie Stoodley's ultra low energy eco-build in Worcestershire.

• No space heating of any kind –
No boiler, no wood stove, no heat pumps.
• Super-insulated, triple-glazed, thermally massive.
• Designed to the exacting German Passivhaus standard but
exceeds it by a factor of three (heat demand 5kWh/mē/yr).
• Completely 'water-neutral' by use of harvested rainwater and composting toilets –
Uses neither mains water or drainage, nor the energy required to deliver them.
• Intelligent use of renewable energy makes the house carbon negative.
• Obtains its servicing almost entirely from the land on which it
stands, giving it a tiny environmental footprint.
• Although different to a conventionally serviced house, life in it is designed to be every bit as good.

March 2017: – Mike & Lizzie have left the Autonomous House.

It was a remarkable project to take on – a house designed to tread as lightly on the surface of the Earth as possible.

And it was successful, receiving awards, and being described as Britain's most energy-efficient private dwelling.

But for a whole variety of resons, including the lure of a new challenge, we have sold the house.

This means that we have no further connection with it, and cannot offer tours to visitors.

This website, which documented the project
from concept to completion, will remain here for information only.

You can still send an email if you have any enquiries (To send a message please type the address into your email program

We recently completed a new self build project in Portree, Isle of Skye, Scottish Highlands:-

The Autonomous House Video Tour.

A short video tour of the house, with the emphasis on explaining the autonomous features. If you weren't able to visit, then this is the next best thing!

Click here to view.

Original Site Links

May 2012 – Jan. 2013: Reaping the Rewards?

Follow this link to the to the final Project Diary entry to find out more
(The latest entries are always at the top)

Click here to read about the Technical and Energy Efficiency Features.

Click here for Style and Interiors, to see why it's a wonderful house to live in.

Click here for the Directory – who designed the house, built it and supplied materials.

Click here to go to the start of the photo diary, which documents the entire project in pictures.


To send a message please type the address into your email program.